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by Flo
Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:41 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: A box of one's own
Replies: 19
Views: 2338

Re: A box of one's own

My aren't we a set of individuals who post here. Before I moved here, I lived in a block of 12 flats - 6 to each side. You'd find that people would sit on the stairs or the outside wall and natter, look out for each other, share information on repairs, complain about the garden not being done, the l...
by Flo
Sun Oct 12, 2008 5:40 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Slug problem - he's in the kitchen.
Replies: 13
Views: 1723

Re: Slug problem - he's in the kitchen.

I had a carpenter visit this here social housing flat to block access from under kitchen void via the cupboard containing the gas meter (just don't ask about the design). They never came back for a year till yesterday I found one climbing in through the back bedroom window - remember this is a groun...
by Flo
Sun Oct 12, 2008 5:34 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What I learned this year
Replies: 38
Views: 3519

Re: What I learned this year

Well Thurston Garden - you need lots of compost. I learned that last year in the same situation. And I seem to spend more time composting than I ever do gardening. It's not really true but that's what it feels like.
by Flo
Sun Oct 12, 2008 5:30 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: down at the allotment and in the garden what are you up to
Replies: 695
Views: 109371

Re: down at the allotment and in the garden what are you up to

I'm sorting out compost heaps as if it's a matter of life and death - well that's what it feels like :mrgreen: Having moved one and spread it, built another one out of three piles, discovered that I have one that is almost ready to spread last week, today I purloined a passing bin that would otherwi...
by Flo
Sun Oct 12, 2008 5:20 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: A box of one's own
Replies: 19
Views: 2338

A box of one's own

by Flo
Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:59 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Any dressmakers out there?
Replies: 40
Views: 7431

Re: Any dressmakers out there?

Pictures of mother on a Sunday afternoon there. She'd sit down with trousers from me and much younger kid brother. She always bought two of the same style. This allowed her to patch the knees of little brother's newest playing out ones from his older ones. She wanted to know how on earth I always wo...
by Flo
Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:44 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Buy cheap but ...
Replies: 10
Views: 2454

Re: Buy cheap but ...

I actually took the metal rod out of the Ikea blind when it feel apart. slotted it through the slot at the top of a length of netting from charity shop and propped the metal rod on the hooks that were in the frame of the window. It needs tweaking but I've been too busy this summer. I've plenty of ne...
by Flo
Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:25 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: The problem with composting paper & cardboard
Replies: 16
Views: 1947

Re: The problem with composting paper & cardboard

A little newspaper shredded or crumpled and mixed in well will rot down well enough in a compost heap that gets hot enough. It doesn't work in layers like cardboard. It's on the Garden Organic list of things you can use with the note that it's actually environmentally better to send it for recycling...
by Flo
Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:16 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: I think this is a sign....
Replies: 11
Views: 1497

Re: I think this is a sign....

I suspect that it's the cost of the delivery that is the killer with the rising price of fuel. You'll need to be looking for good offers on seeds, free manure (assuming that you can obtain it and be sure that it's free from the chemical contamination that hit so many allotments last year) and get do...
by Flo
Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:05 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Like you need another reason not to drink at st*rbucks
Replies: 13
Views: 1192

Re: Like you need another reason not to drink at st*rbucks

So there will be a major exodus of customers from Starbucks then - not. Like the exodus from the Golden Arches, Kentucky Fried Chicken and all the other food stores that have been hit by bad journalism. It will be the shortage of customer's money that hits the coffee chains and the fast food outlets...
by Flo
Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:50 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: how long before you tried one
Replies: 11
Views: 712

Re: how long before you tried one

Haven't had wild mushrooms since I left home on farm. Dad knew every mushroom that grew there and bought home decent ones daily when he found them. Mind you he'd been farming man and boy all his life and there's no substitute for experience in any book.
by Flo
Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:41 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Is it too late to start?
Replies: 19
Views: 1164

Re: Is it too late to start?

Look see snap dragon, the best thing you could do would be to go and put your name on the allotment list. And follow it up regularly to see how you are doing. Go round the local allotments and talk to people there to see if you can share. Work up gently and you will be a lot less creaky after a gent...
by Flo
Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:27 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: A communal self suffiency garden
Replies: 6
Views: 1040

Re: A communal self suffiency garden

Wouldn't that be just typical of the council. Now's the time to ask for it to be made into allotments then before things get too deep. That would be a good deed indeed.
by Flo
Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:24 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: down at the allotment and in the garden what are you up to
Replies: 695
Views: 109371

Re: down at the allotment and in the garden what are you up to

I've had some very learned discussions with very keen and good gardeners from cultures where they habitually cremate who caught on very quickly to why graveyards are so lush. They get things like dried blood and bone meal free don't they and on slow release as well over a few long years ..... :mrgre...
by Flo
Fri Oct 03, 2008 12:30 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Cooking/eating for yourself: choosing simple, no-bother food
Replies: 28
Views: 1161

Re: Cooking/eating for yourself: choosing simple, no-bother food

It's a relief not to be bound to the kitchen now that family has all left home. I'm no cook anyway and dislike doing it. But I do a handy soup or three fresh with stuff from the allotment, also stir fries and salads. Other than that I'm happy with cheese on toast or beans on toast or whatever comes ...